For Runners

Charity Partners

The GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon is pleased to partner with many wonderful and worthwhile programs that support local initiatives and benefit people from right here in the Philadelphia region, nationally and around the world.

2014 Official Charity Partner

Students Run Philly Style transforms students' lives through running and mentorship. We pair volunteer Running Leaders with teams of students to inspire them to push themselves further than they ever imagined. Their goal: the completion of a full or a half marathon. The courage and effort required, the unfailing support of a caring mentor and the thrill of its ultimate achievement results in a student who knows anything is possible.

Official Charities

The Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children (ACBC) is a year-round fundraiser that supports underprivileged and special needs children in our region. It provides essential support for daily operations of programs provided by Catholic Social Services giving 16,000 children the opportunity to learn study and play in a safe and loving environment.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer. The Foundation evolved from the front yard lemonade stand of 4 year old cancer patient Alexandra "Alex" Scott. Since that first stand, the Foundation has evolved into a national fundraising movement, carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, more than $75 million has been raised helping to fund cancer research projects nationally.

The Alzheimer's Association The Delaware Valley Chapter, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the local arm of the National Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association, with Regional and Branch Offices in 18 counties in Delaware, South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania, providing services to more than 294,000 individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder.

Support the American Liver Foundation-Mid Atlantic in the Philadelphia Marathon! Your athletic effort will not only raise funds for the 30 million Americans affected by liver disease, but you will learn how to challenge yourself by living a healthier lifestyle. The mission of the American Liver Foundation is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.

The American Cancer Society's DetermiNation program will help you find your extraordinary through professional training, an unparalleled community of support, and inspiration every step of the way. Make your miles more meaningful, join the American Cancer Society today and fight back against cancer with DetermiNation!

Back on My Feet is a national for-purpose 501(c)3 organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living.

Best Buddies Pennsylvania (BBPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for social inclusion for people with Down syndrome, autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships, leadership development and integrated employment.

ComforTree provides non-toxic house cleaning for cancer patients during treatment. For more information, please call Donna 908-256-1192 or email

City Year is an education focused, nonprofit organization that unites 17-24 yr. olds of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service as tutors and mentors to keep students in school and on track to succeed. For more information, please contact Alexis Carvajal at or 267-386-7041.

Founded in 2006, Community Partnership School is an independent elementary school that provides students from North Central Philadelphia with a top notch education. Serves pre-k to 5th grade. For more information please contact Brittany Alba at 215-235-0461.

Emily's Entourage-Cystic Fibrosis Research Fund is a 501(c)3 that raises funds and awareness to accelerate Cystic Fibrosis research. Founded for a young woman valiantly pursuing life full-speed despite advanced-stage CF, Emily's Entourage leverages the power of communities to help cure CF with a focus on rare CF mutations. Please contact Franci Kraman for more information.

The Epilepsy Foundation is dedicated to making sure that people with epilepsy and seizures can experience all that life has to offer. Athletes vs. Epilepsy affirms this positive message and embodies it through action.

Family Lives On Foundation provides a therapeutic tool that supports the bereavement process and enables family members to move beyond the death story to celebrating the life story of the loved one who has died. We help children and their families move from survivors to thrivers.

Girls On The Run is a non-profit after school program for girls in the 3rd through 5thgrade. Over a 12-week season, our curriculum combines training for a 5K running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills, and make healthy decisions.

Contributions to Jill Just Wants 2 Help go to a dedicated fund at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, with the goal of building a residence for families whose children are receiving cancer treatment at the hospital. Interest earned on the fund is used to assist those trying to meet every day needs while caring for a child in the hospital. Limited Registrations Available. Contact: Melinda Smith at

JDRF funds research for Type 1 Diabetes and its complications for children and adults. For more information, please contact Tarra Ketley at or 610-227-0361.

Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) is the leading organization dedicated to saving lives and advancing research by empowering those living with and at risk for lung cancer. Join our endurance training team and raise awareness and funds for the fight against lung cancer. Please contact Lanni with any questions at .

Join thousands who will participate in the world's major marathons/halves, century rides, hiking adventures and triathlons. If crossing the finish line while helping cure deadly diseases are things you've always wanted to accomplish, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training will make them happen. For more information, please contact Abby Miller at 704-962-9089 or

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, part of the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of Delaware Valley and a model center for spinal cord injury, is the Philadelphia region's original provider of physical and cognitive rehabilitation. The not-for-profit health organization provides lifetime rehabilitation and wellness programs for individuals with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, amputation, orthopedic injury, geriatric illness or work injury.

MAKE THIS MARATHON LIFE CHANGING! Support the Mutliple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), a game-changing cancer research organization, which has helped double the lifespan of myeloma cancer patients and is leading the way to a cure for cancer!

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a national, nonprofit organization and a leading resource for the entire MS community, improving lives today through vital services and support. For more information, please call 800-532-7667.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that affects more than 14,000 local people. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is here to help: By funding research and helping people overcome the challenges of MS, we are closer to creating a world free of MS. To learn more, visit our website or contact Sheila Casey at .

The Organization for Autism Research is a national non-profit that provides practical information to the autism community by funding research studies whose outcomes offer new insights into the development of individuals with autism, with an emphasis on education, social life, and employment. OAR's programs provide guidance on the best therapies and treatments for those living with autism.

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is dedicated to saving Philadelphia's homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. PAWS is the city's largest no-kill shelter and operates a high-volume, low-cost clinic serving pet owners and rescue organizations that lack access to affordable basic veterinary care. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year.

The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. Serving up to 65 families each night, our Houses are built on the foundation of providing holistic support to families so that they can stay together and stay focused on the health and well-being of their child and their family as a whole.

Special Olympics PA provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy.

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them to help improve their quality of life.

ZERO Prostate Cancer Endurance Team works to reduce and end prostate cancer. As a leader in the fight against prostate cancer, ZERO advances research, encourages action, and provides education and support to men and their families. ZERO's premier programs include the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge, the largest men's health event series in America.